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Varnville Governing Body
  • Mayor Nat Shaffer, elected to the Town Council in April of 2002, served 8 years as a councilmember prior to being appointed mayor by then Governor Nikki Haley on Feb 02, 2011. He has been re-elected every 4 years since April 2012. Mayor Shaffer graduated from Wade Hampton High School in 1991, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration from Walden University, an Associate of Arts from the University of South Carolina and also attended Brigham Young University in Rexburg Idaho. He completed The Citadel undergraduate studies of appraising Real Estate and The South Eastern School of Auctioneering. Additionally, he has completed The SC Advanced Institute of Elected Officials and The South Carolina Economic Development Institute.

    Mayor Shaffer has a very broad and diverse entrepreneurial background with experience in Real Estate, banking and retail industries. He has been self-employed the majority of his professional career, is a Real Estate appraiser by trade and has been a Real Estate practitioner since 1998.

    Mayor Shaffer has served in a host of civic, charitable and fraternal originations. He is a board member and past chairman of the Lowcounrty Council of Governments, A board commissioner for the Lowcountry Regional Water Systems and serves on the Coastal Empire Mental Health Board. A former Rotarian, a Mason and Shriner. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and also attends the Varnville First Baptist Church with his family.

    Mayor Shaffer was born and raised in Varnville. He is married to Becky Bates Shaffer, Special Education Coordinator at Lowcountry Montessori School in Port Royal, SC. They have 3 children; Parker, Banks and Elizabeth Nell. In their spare time, they enjoy traveling in their RV motor coach, and during the summer months, they camp at Hunting Island State Park and serve as volunteer host for the state park system.  

  • Date of Birth: March 19, 1969

    Education: Wade Hampton High School

    Occupation: Worked for Carsonite International
    for 10 years, now disabled

    Political Experience: 2 years on Varnville Town

    Public Service/Community Involvement:
    American Red Cross Volunteer, Member of
    Antioch Masonic Lodge # 91, President of the
    Hampton County Municipal Association, Member of the Hampton County Marketing & Tourism
    Advisory Board, Member of Wade Hampton High School’s School Improvement Council

    Key Goals for Varnville: To continue on a strategic path of success, accountability, and

    Family/Personal Information: Married to wife, Tasha, for 18 years; has 2 daughters – Alexis
    and Tá-Sha; member of Samaritan Missionary Baptist Church.

  • Date of Birth: October 2, 1966

    Education: Voorhees College – Bachelor of Science
    Degree in Mathematics, Clark Atlanta University –
    Master of Science Degree in Computer Science

    Occupation: Assistant Professor of Computer
    Science at Voorhees College, worked as an
    instructor of Computer Technology at Denmark
    Technical College

    Political Experience: 8 years on Varnville Town

    Public Service/Community Involvement: Former
    board member for Hampton School District 1, Voorhees College Board of Trustees Faculty
    Representative, Denmark Technical College Advisory Committee, Conference of Black
    Municipal Elected Officials of South Carolina, Member of the Municipal Association of South
    Carolina, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated,
    Vorhees College Alumni Association President – Hampton County, Institute of Electrical and
    Electronics Engineers, Inc., Computer Society (IEEE-CS), Association for Computing
    Machinery, Member of Antioch Masonic Lodge #91

    Key Goals for Varnville: Accountability to residents and making twon government more
    transparent to the residents; downtown revitalization; upgrade water and sewer; improve parks
    and recreation; improve town beautification; implement a town wide action plan for addressing
    public health, workforce productivity, juvenile crime, drop-out prevention, and student

    Family/Personal Information: Member of Samaritan Baptist Church.

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